Ray Mather

Poetry

                              POSTCARDS FROM GUERNSEY

              

 WHEN ONE ISLAND VISITS ANOTHER

 

When one island visits another

It’s a case of two worlds collide:

A manmade metal hunk

And a rock of Sarnian pride.

78 square kilometres

Meets 45 metres long;

60,000 residents

Welcoming tourists, 500 strong,

Shuttling to the harbour,

Another landing made;

The rock selling memories,

The hulk bringing vital trade.

 

 ROUGE RUE, ST PETER’S PORT

 

My favourite road, the lovely Rouge Rue,

So good on a sunny day.

The little islands, just jump forward,

Like they’ve come out to play

They are proud in perfect detail

Hills and houses in startling relief

As the harbour of St Peter Port

Yawns and shows its teeth.